See what's going on Oct 20 - 26 in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties.

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Deborah Luhrman

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Farmhouse Culture finds new home
The fresh sauerkraut company started by Kathryn Lukas in Santa Cruz in 2008 has just completed a big move to its new home in Watsonville, where there's a renovated 29,000 sq ft production facility, 19 acres of farmland and an old farmhouse that fits perfectly with the brand Farmhouse Culture. "I've always dreamt that we could have our production out on the farm. It feels so real, so authentic to be close to the fields, where we can smell the dirt and watch people cultivate the fields," says Lukas.  Read more and take a sneak peak at their new home.

Special food & wine benefit
Seize your chance now to buy tickets for one of the most fun and delicious—and affordably priced—local food and wine benefits of the year at Hidden Valley Music Seminars in beautiful Carmel Valley. Community, Flavor and Harmony 2015 will take place on Sunday November 15 from 2 to 4pm and will feature live bluegrass music, a silent auction with many exciting items and food and drink from some of the region’s favorite restaurants, vintners and other food and drink artisans. Read more and buy tickets here.

Manresa earns third star
The Michelin Guide will not release its official list until tomorrow, but chefs were notified today and David Kinch has already tweeted his appreciation for a third star awarded to his Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos. Manresa joins just a handful of three-star San Francisco Bay Area restaurants, including the French Laundry, the Restaurant at Meadowood, Saison and Benu. Kudos to the whole Manresa team!

Inside the mind of David Kinch 
Set to begin airing in early November, the PBS series "Mind of a Chef" will spotlight 3-star chef David Kinch—a Santa Cruz resident and owner of Manresa restaurant in Los Gatos. Today the public television network released a series of video trailers with highlights from the series. The eight episodes include stunning footage of Santa Cruz beaches, the redwoods and Love Apple Farms. They show Kinch surfing and driving his VW van up the coast to buy tacos in Pescadero. "There has to be a certain emotional attachment  to the food," he says. Episodes focus on themes like fire, ocean, strawberries, legacy, and dietary restrictions.  Watch all the trailers here.

Farm Bureau wins best in state
Congratulations to the hard working team at the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau. They just received "County of the Year" honors from the California Farm Bureau. Traveling to the annual meeting to pick up the award will be executive director Jess Brown, along with president David Van Lennep, a forester, and 1st vice president Tom Broz, of Live Earth Farm.

Flowers & Gin Fall Edition
Learn to capture the essence of autumn in your cocktails with the Bar Cart's Katie Blandin Shea in a special event on November 1 at the beautiful Folktale Winery in Carmel. Read more about Bar Cart in our story Field to Glass in the fall issue of EMB. Find out how to make liqueurs, cocktails, syrups, garnishes and foraged tea blends, while enjoying a three-course cocktail menu and small bites.  Buy tickets here.
History Dinner at Tarpy's
Thurs, Oct 22 | Tarpy's Roadhouse, 2999 Monterey-Salinas Hwy | 6pm. $65.
Who was Matt Tarpy anyway? And how did he go from well-respected Monterey rancher to vilified murder? Find out Thursday at a four-course history dinner featuring world-renowned storyteller Terrence Gargiulo. The evening includes a tour of the Ryan Ranch homestead that now houses Tarpy's and the delicious menu of chef Todd Fisher.

New Leaf's 30th Birthday Party
Sat, Oct 24 | Westside New Leaf, 1101 Fair Ave. Santa Cruz | 4-8pm. Free.
Don't miss New Leaf Market's birthday bash on Saturday, celebrating 30 years in the community. There will be live music from the McCoy Tyler Band and The Painted Horses, in store tastings, arts & crafts for the kids, and food booths from well-loved local companies like Farmhouse Culture, Uncie Ro's, Beckmann's Bakery and Mission Hill Creamery—which has crafted a special ice cream for the occasion called "The Dirty 30." It's vanilla ice cream laced with Black China Bakery chocolate cake and Newman O's cream-filled chocolate cookies. Happy birthday!

Fall Harvest Festival
Sat, Oct 24 | Live Earth Farm, 172 Litchfield Lane, Watsonville | 2pm-dark. $20 per car.
Celebrate the changing seasons Saturday at the annual Harvest Festival at Live Earth Farm. Enjoy live music, family yoga, pumpkin carving, a scavenger hunt, cob oven pizzas, a cider workshop and apple pie contest, all followed by a community potluck and roaring bonfire at sunset.

Equinox Grand Opening
Sat, Oct 24 | Equinox Tasting Room, 334 C Ingalls St. Santa Cruz | 1-8pm. Free.
Barry Jackson's Equinox bubbly wines will be flowing when he celebrates the grand opening of his new tasting room in the Swift Street complex. Read EMB's preview here. Join Equinox for live music from the Santa Cruz Mountains String Trio, small bites, complimentary tastings and the release of a special new wine.

Leaven Bagel at Pop Up
Mon, Oct 26 | Pop Up, 1108 Pacific Ave. Santa Cruz | 11:30am-3pm.
Alison Lee of San Francisco's Leaven Bagel will be featuring her traditional boiled and baked bagels at a lunchtime pop-up on Monday.
Each bagel is hand rolled and proofed overnight giving it a perfect chewy texture and light sourdough flavor. Bagel sandwiches featuring toppings like Cognac Dill Lox, Mustard Glazed Corned Beef, and Silky Garlic Hummus will be available in addition to bagels and spreads to take home.

more food and wine events...

Wednesday, October 21
Cooking Demo with Chef Todd Fisher  Natividad Farmers' Market, 1441 Constitution Blvd. Salinas | Noon. Participants receive $10 produce voucher.

Winedown Wednesday with Seghesio  Tarpy's Roadhouse, 2999 Monterey-Salinas Hwy, Monterey | 5-7pm.

Winemaker Wednesday with Sante Arcangeli  Shadowbrook, 1750 Wharf Rd. Capitola | 5-8pm.

Supper Series #1  Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, 402 Ingalls St. Santa Cruz | 6:45-9:45pm. $35.

Ag Talk with John Grafton "Local Farming and Rancho Practices in the Californios Era"  Ag History Project, Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Watsonville | 7pm. $3/members, $5/non-members.
Thursday, October 22

Taste It Thursday with Bernardus Wine  Wharf Marketplace, 290 Figueroa St. Monterey | 4:30-6:30pm.

Wine, Dine and Jazz  Hyatt Regency Monterey | 6-9pm. $55.

Crushing on Cacao: Dessert Unleashed  New Leaf Market, 1210 41st Ave. Capitola  | 6-7pm. $5.

Friday, October 23

Jerk House Jamaican Grill Opens  2525 Soquel Dr. Santa Cruz | 11am.

Food Trucks A Go Go  Skypark, Scotts Valley | 4:30-7:30pm.

Silk Road: A Traveler's Feast  Lionfish Supper Club, private residence in Aptos | 6-9pm. $85.

Saturday, October 24

6th Annual Chili Cook Off  Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk | 9am-4pm, public tasting at 1pm. $9.

Pumpkin Carving Day  Earthbound Farm Stand, 7250 Carmel Valley Rd. Carmel | 11am-2pm.

Harvest Open House  Galante Vineyards, 18181 Cachagua Rd. Carmel Valley | Noon-5pm. $30.

Hearty Soups and Stews Class  Love Apple Farm, 2317 Vine Hill Rd. Santa Cruz | Noon-4pm. $89.
Sunday, October 25
Beginning Chesemaking Workshop  Love Apple Farm, 2317 Vine Hill Rd. Santa Cruz | Noon-4pm. $99.

Strut Your Mutt Costume Contest Benefit for Peace of Mind Dog Rescue  Haute Enchilada, 7902 Moss Landing Rd. Moss Landing | 12:30-4pm. $25.

The Barnyard Harvest Festival  The Barnyard Shopping Village, Carmel | 2-5pm. Free.

The Best of San Benito County Food & Wine  San Juan Oaks Golf Club, 3825 Union Rd. Hollister | 3pm. $125.
Tuesday, October 27

Pickling and Ferments  Happy Girl Kitchen, 173 Central Ave. Pacific Grove | 5-8pm. $95.

Tasty Tuesday with Mumbai Street Carts  Food Lounge, 1001 Center St. Santa Cruz | 5-9pm.

Third Annual Scarecrow Making Contest  Discretion Brewing, 2703 41stAve. Soquel | 5:30-7:30pm.

Winemaker Dinner with Burrell School Winery  Casa Nostra Italian Restaurant, 9217 Highway 9, Ben Lomond | 6-9pm. $65.

La Luna Day of the Dead Dinner  Porter's in the Forest, 3200 Lopez Rd. Pebble Beach | 6pm. $45.

Terroir Dinner: Whitcraft  Aubergine, Monte Verde & 7th, Carmel | 6pm. $110.


Good-For-You Apple Pie

Soul surfer Bethany Hamilton was in Scotts Valley last week to promote her new book Body & Soul: A Girl's Guide to a Fit, Fun and Fabulous Life. The inspirational speaker—who lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003 and made a quick comeback to professional surfing—offers advice to teenage girls on body confidence and developing healthy living habits.

"It's a book about wellness and becoming your "best you" through physical and spiritual balance," she says.

The book is full of simple, healthy recipes young people (and older ones) are sure to enjoy, like this uncooked vegan, raw apple pie.


1 cup raisins
8 or 9 organic apples (go for Gala if you want it sweet or Granny Smith if you want it a little bit tart)
2 Tbsp. flaxseed
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice


2 cups chopped dates
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup raw cashews
Zest of 1 orange
Juice from 1/4 orange


Pour some water into a small sauce pan. Heat on medium-high until water boils. Carefully place raisins in water. Heat for five minutes. Drain raisins, reserving liquid. Rinse raisins under cold water.

Core apples and chop into medium pieces. Mix half the apples in the food processor with the remaining ingredients until smooth, including the remaining reserved liquid the raisins were soaked in. Set aside in bowl. Mix remaining apples in the food processor, leaving chunks for texture. Mix the chunky apples with the smooth mixture.

Put piecrust ingredients into food processor and pulse. With hands, work into a dough and press into a 9-inch pie pan. Add the filling and that's it. You don't bake this pie, which is why it's sometimes dubbed a "live pie."

RINGLETS & ROOTS: Meet the Curl Coach
When you’ve been in an industry for more than 30 years as Kristen King has, you learn a few things along the way.

The owner of
Ringlets & Roots hair salon in Oldtown Salinas said there are two lessons she’s taken to heart: First, embracing the miracle of natural curls, and secondly, using natural and organic products to protect and nourish hair.

King, who recently moved her salon to a lovely upstairs space in a historic building, said that it took her many years to learn about her own curly hair and how to make curls look their best for her clients and herself.

King, who calls herself “a curl coach,” said that most stylists don’t know what to do with naturally curly or wavy hair, and many just want to straighten it. However, working with natural curls and making them look their best is not only healthier for hair, but also for peace of mind.

Seeing your curls as an asset rather than a hindrance is “a big emotional deal,” she said. Some of her clients have actually cried when they see the result of King’s cut and styling that enhances their curls and celebrates them, rather than obliterating them.

“I really like helping a curly person embrace their curls and care for them. That’s what I do every day,” said King. “You want to have a hairdresser who knows how to work with your hair rather than beat it into submission.”


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